Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kelly Steel—Chasing Happy Ever After: Show don't Tell with Donna Michaels

Kelly Steel—Chasing Happy Ever After: Show don't Tell with Donna Michaels: Author Donna Michaels with a great post about Showing and Telling in Fiction Writing.  Donna on the Web: Facebook                    Webs...

ROMANCE BOOK PARADISE: Spotlight on Donna Michaels and Her Forever Cowboy...

ROMANCE BOOK PARADISE: Spotlight on Donna Michaels and Her Forever Cowboy...: This week's Spotlight on Author is on Donna Michaels and Her Forever Cowboy. Please welcome Donna... Donna on the Web: Facebook   ...

Memorial Weekend Dalton Prize Pack Winner Announced!

Time to announce my Memorial Weekend Giveaway winner!!!

Shannon Gesford
I'll get your Dalton Prize Pack out to you!
A big thank you to all who entered!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Her Forever Cowboy~ @Donna_Michaels #MySexySaturday #MSSWeek43 #Saturday7

My Sexy Saturday Blog Hop!


Hello, I'm back for week #43! Welcome to My Sexy Saturday where authors post 7 words, sentences or paragraphs from a published book or WIP.   

This week we're talking about characters that exude sexy without even trying. Not through good looks and heart-stopping grins, although, yeah, we all love them. No, this week we're showcasing the characters that are sexy without trying. 

In my brand new release, Book Four in my Harland County Series Kevin is a brilliant computer programmer who is part owner of a horse ranch and the resident Casanova. Yes, he's damn sexy to look at with his ready smile, gorgeous body and killer wit, but that isn't what makes him so sexy to my heroine, Shayla. It's the sweet and tender way he treats her two-year-old daughter. 

Here's 7 sexy paragraphs from: 

Her  Forever Cowboy


Available in eBook at Amazon

Here's my 7 paragraphs of Kevin being sexy without trying:  

Shayla’s heart was in her throat as she rushed into the living room and stopped dead. All evidence of chaos and disorder from her daughter’s free rein while she’d laid on the couch yesterday was completely gone. Erased. Deleted. The place was spotless. But that wasn’t what tripped her heart and squeezed her chest so tight she had to suck in a breath.
Fingers pressed to her mouth, she fought to keep her reaction inside. God, they were so sweet. Leaning against the wall, she stared at the cowboy slumbering on her couch in an unbuttoned blue flannel shirt, well-worn jeans with his bare feet sticking over one end, while Amelia slept on his bare chest.
He’d changed out of his suit since last night. Probably Amelia’s doing. Her lips twitched. They looked so cute. So relaxed. So…perfect.
Careful not to wake the pair, she reached for her phone on an end table, and without giving it much thought, snapped their picture should she need to remind herself that the Casanova had actually done something nice.
Okay, he’d done more than one nice thing. She inhaled and let it out slow. When Shayla had answered Kevin’s knocking last night, she’d expected him to run away and wouldn’t have blamed him. She’d looked like she’d felt. Horrible. But Kevin had come in, then held her hair while she threw up. Who does that? No guy she’d ever known. Not even Bobby. But the fun-loving cowboy had, and then he went on to take care of her, made her get in bed, brought her crushed ice and a cool washcloth.
Her heart softened toward the cowboy without her permission. Damn. She did not want to like him. Lusting him was fine. It made sense. She was a healthy female. He was a healthy man. Her gaze ran down the length of him then slowly scoured every inch of his bared torso. A very healthy man. The cowboy had more ridges than she’d expected. And the sprinkling of dark hair across his chest had been a surprise, too. A nice one. She ventured closer for a better look because Amelia’s body was blocking the side view.
Ah, hell. He had a happy trail.
Her knees started to buckle. Blaming it on her weakened state, she bent to steady herself on the coffee table, then closed her eyes and drew in a breath. Nope. Didn’t help. She drew in a few more.  Idiot. Wasn’t like she hadn’t seen a handsome man naked before, and this one was far from naked. She was acting like a twit.
“What are you doing out of bed?”
Heaven help her, his low, sleep-coated voice was so damn sexy all the strength returning to her legs disappeared again.   
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In honor of Memorial Day, I'm giving away a Dalton Prize Pack, which includes a signed copy of Kade Dalton's book, HER UNIFORM COWBOY, and a dragonfly necklace like the one in Kevin Dalton's book, HER FOREVER COWBOY.

To enter:
1. Purchase HER FOREVER COWBOY (using honor system) Already purchased Kevin's book? No worries. Just follow step number two!
2. Email your mailing address to  donna_michaels@msn.com  with the word DRAGONFLY in the subject line.
One random winner will be drawn Tuesday morning and announced here at 10am Est.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Release! HER FOREVER COWBOY is live!

Book 4 in my Harland County Series is now live on Amazon!



Single mother, Shayla Ryan, longs to put down roots to create a stable environment for her baby girl and her younger sister, but the threat of her abusive, ex-con father finding them has made that almost impossible. Her newest residence in Harland County, however, holds a lot of appeal, especially in the form of a Casanova cowboy with eye-catching good looks and easy charm. Those two qualities took her down the wrong road before, and though the sexy cowboy interferes with her pulse, she can’t let her heart get in the way of the safety of her family, or give it to someone who doesn’t believe in forever.  
If there’s one thing software company vice president, Kevin Dalton, loves more than puzzles, it’s women. Size, shape, race doesn’t matter as long as they don’t want a relationship—he’s not looking to repeat the past, and more than happy to remain single. Until two beautiful redheads drop him to his knees—one with her cutie-pie smile, the other with her elbow. Too bad the elbow-toting beauty is both hot and puzzling. A killer combination too strong to resist. And without realizing it, the redheads slowly rewrite the code around his heart. 
But when the danger from Shayla’s past shows up, can he rise to the challenge to keep them safe...and really be what they need? A forever cowboy? 


“Why are you always on the defensive around me?” he asked. “You’re not like that with Kade or Cole or Connor.”
She opened her mouth to protest, then stilled. He was right. Shoot. “I…don’t know.”
Frowning, he cocked his head. “Do you have something against having fun?”
“No.” she laughed. “Fun is a good thing.”
“And yet, you don’t like me because I have fun.”
“That’s not true.”
“I’m not lying.” She shook her head, doing her best to be truthful without revealing too much. “I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.”
He reeled back and stared at her. “Me, dangerous? No, darlin’. I’m a lover, not a fighter.”
She blew out a breath. “And that’s exactly why you’re dangerous.”
His brows disappeared under his hat. “Oh, now I’m really curious,” he said. “Does that make me irresponsible, or irresistible?”
Tempting as hell.
Heaven help her, a wicked gleam entered his eyes and turned them positively electric.
“So this is probably a bad idea.” Placing his hands on either side of her head, he leaned in and inhaled near her ear.
Breath caught in her throat while goose bumps raced down her right side, perking her already perky nipples. “Yeah.” It wasn’t smart at all. And neither was she because he hadn’t touched her. He was giving her the opportunity to protest. To move.
She didn’t.
“And this,” he said, against her neck, knocking his hat off, but he didn’t stop, just continued to blaze a trail to her shoulder, giving her eyes a real good reason to roll back in her head.
“V-very bad.” Her legs were about to buckle.
Push him away.
She needed to push him away. Now.
“Then I definitely shouldn’t do this.”
Thrusting his hand in her hair, he cupped the back of her head and kissed her full on the lips, and deep, very deep. That was it. She was done. To hell with pushing him away.
Shayla dropped the jacket, reached around his back and yanked him close, her perky nipples rejoicing at the contact with his hard, hot body. And he was hard and hot. All of him. A very impressive erection pressed impressively against her belly as his hips rocked against hers.
Someone moaned. Probably her. Didn’t matter. He felt so damn good, plastering her against the wall, dipping and drinking as if he couldn’t get enough. Or was that her? Again, it didn’t matter. Her whole body was alive and on fire and wanted. It had been so very long since someone had wanted her. Not since that cowboy in Amarillo. Amelia’s father.
Shayla drew back and sucked in air. “This…is…”
“Bad, I know,” he said, breath ragged, gaze as dazed as she felt.
“It can’t happen again.”
He nodded.
“We’re too…”
“Combustible,” he correctly supplied.
“Exactly. We lead two different lives.” She inhaled deeply. “You should go.”
“I know.”
He didn’t move. Why didn’t he move? She didn’t have the strength, or willpower, to resist him if he initiated another killer kiss.
“You need to leave,” she tried again.
Amusement chased away some of the haze from his gaze. “I will…as soon as you let go of me, darlin’.”

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Haven't read books 1, 2, and 3 yet? No problem. They were all written as stand alones, but you get more out of them if you've read them all. Here are the links if you need them:

Book One                 Book Two               Book Three

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Winner of the 10 Timeless Heroes Contest !

We have a winner!

The random name drawn for our Kindle Fire HD giveaway is...
Kelly Thompson
Congratulations, Kelly! Look for an email from me!
♥A big thank you to all who participated! ♥
Your support is greatly appreciated!